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Ollie moved from Georgia to Pennsylvania sometime around Christmas last year. He was about 10 weeks old, and sometimes Todd brought him along to the farm when he came to shoot clay targets.

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Maybe it’s because this coronavirus thing has everyone a tad edgy, but there have been a lot of things going on that make me want to scream and/or pound my fists into the wall.

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When the plague of 2020 hit home, no one was prepared for how long we’d have to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous pandemic misfortune.

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This Saturday marks a major change for squirrel hunters in the commonwealth. Instead of waiting until mid-October, squirrel hunters can now hunt squirrels beginning Sept. 12. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission squirrels are an under-harvested species.

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I don’t know how many knives my grandfather gave me over the years, but I do know grandma took every one of them.

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Shippensburg Borough in Franklin and Cumberland counties will be voting on a so-called non-discrimination ordinance on Sept. 1, but how many of the residents of the borough know this? How many of the residents of the borough know the full ramifications of the proposed ordinance?  During the …

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We converted the old chicken coop into a storage shed when we moved to our little farm 40 years ago.

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With the start of the school year fast approaching, everyone from parents and students to teachers and school administrators are likely feeling anxious about what lies ahead. So many kids want and need to go back to the classroom, and our school district officials across the state are workin…

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Ruffles, our springer spaniel, turns 8 in December, and of all our dogs, she seems to have a mind of her own. We bought her at seven weeks old from Amos King, son of Amos King. We reserved the pick-of-the-litter back in October, and since we were traveling in our little motorhome through the…

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Today’s column is a tweaked version of one written a few decades ago. Since 2020 has been far from normal, this column may bring a smile and memory of a better time.

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Here in Harrisburg, any elected official will tell you the importance of accurately weighing the costs and benefits of a policy. As servants to the public it is our duty to make sure that new laws and legislation work to provide benefits to the public and their businesses. Shouldn’t we hold …

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I spent a little time working at the woodpile, building the ranks again after they collapsed. We have about a cord of wild cherry, some of the split wood is several years old, so I guess I’ll have to build a new woodpile away from the ranked wood so I can use it up before getting into the ne…

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Note: Today’s Much Ado is a tweaked version of one written a few decades ago. While most 2020 vacations have been postponed or canceled, we thought a ‘vintage’ column would bring a memory to your mind and a smile to your face. This column recalls a visit South.

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Our son, Cris, and his son, Max, came for a short visit over July Fourth. After turning the grill over to the two of them, I asked what else Max wanted to do while visiting our little farm. He told me he and his dad brought their side-by-side shotguns and would like to shoot clay targets ove…

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Note: Today’s Much Ado is a tweaked version of one written a few decades ago. While most 2020 vacations have been postponed or canceled, we thought a ‘vintage’ column would bring a memory to your mind and a smile to your face. This column recounts a visit South.

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I spoke too soon. We camped with friends at Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County. There were plenty of unused campsites beginning last Tuesday, and even Friday night campsites near us were empty, but Saturday morning, more campers came in filling some sites.

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We took our little motorhome to Raystown Lake a few weeks ago. We reserved a site across the road from the waterfront sites, but noticed that as the week moved on, more and more campsites filled, until most sites on the first three tiers of the Senoia Campground were filled.

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Pennsylvania’s junior firefighter program received a much-needed update when the governor signed House Bill 1552, my first piece of legislation to be signed into law.

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I recently read your article about the Shippensburg Prom. Or should I say about Ms. Ridgway’s business. It is wonderful that the community is trying to put something together for the kids, however the article read as if it was a front-page advertisement for RE/MAX Prestige. It appears that s…

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I was talking the other day with a friend who adopted a cat from us two years ago. She said how wonderful her four-legged friend has been for their family, and she was surprised how long the cat had been at the animal shelter before they adopted her.

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There’s a tiny little mayfly that shows up like clockwork on our spring creeks on July 5 every year.

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Note: Much Ado has been around since the late 1970s. While life remains topsy-turvy in the summer days of 2020, we thought perhaps a ‘vintage’ column would bring a memory to your mind and a smile to your face. Today’s column, written in 1980-something, is the fourth part of a tale recounting…